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Najib too has failed to convince Malaysians that the 18.9% Government figure was correct
Liu Tian Khiew
by Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew
The government today continued to
defend its 18.9% figure of bumiputra equity ownership despite findings
by an independent think tank, using new methodologies and data, that
found it could be as high as 45%.
We maintain that the government's
figure could only be verified if its data, methodology and analysis
were publicized. If the government has nothing to hide, they should
immediately disclose its data, methodology and analysis, just like
what has done by Asli.
It must be noted that the Asli reports were prepared and presented to the Government in response to the call made by Abdullah prior to the drafting of the 9 th Malaysia Plan.
We like to impress upon Mirzan and other UMNO leaders that the government's figure could not be "vigorously defended" and certainly not the other way round.
The centre's director Dr Lim Teck
Ghee has resigned in the interest of defending "the integrity of
independent and non-partisan scholarship". What Dr Lim has done was
heroic and his sacrifice will always be remembered by all fellow
Malaysians. The non-Malays now see Dr Lim as their hero. And sooner or
later, even the Malays will regard him as a hero when they realize
that the 45% equity were in the hands of a select few and not
distributed evenly to the Malay community.
We wish to remind Najib that he has no credibility to make such remarks as the whole world knows that he has not apologized for those highly sensitive remarks he made prior to the 1988 Operasi Lalang, where more than 100 leaders of political parties and NGOs were detained and incarcerated under the Internal Security Act ( ISA).
It appears to all Malaysians that from Muhyiddin Yassin to Abdullah Badawi and now Najib Tun Razak, they were all resorted to "secrecy and threats" to rule this country. Isn't "Accountability", "Reliability" and "Transparency" part of the election pledges of the Abdullah government?
We feel proud that more NGOs
have come forward to support Dr Lim Teck Ghee despite of mounting
political pressure from government leaders. These include the Selangor
Kuala Lumpur Chinese assembly Hall, the Writers Alliance for Media
Independence (Wami) and the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ).
They have all expressed the view that critics of the Asli report must
use the "same or a higher level of intellectual rigour" to dispute its